latest Your Nerd Side Episode:
- The Daily Mail says resellers are selling Starbucks' limited edition pink Stanley Cups for over $300 on eBay. The 40-ounce cups caused a frenzy after going on sale this week for $49.95. Fights have broken out at several locations where fans have been lining up to snag a cup
- The C-Store says the seasoning used to make Doritos 'Flamin' Hot' chips is making Doritos factory workers sick. Workers are sneezing, coughing, and having difficulty breathing. Doritos is working to address the concerns.- MSN says Cinnabon has introduced a new menu item called the "Churro Chillatta." The Churro Chillatta is a combination of a churro and a frozen drink and is made with Cinnabon's signature cinnamon and sugar flavors.
- Food Dive says University of Nebraska researchers want to grow corn on Mars.Their goal is to revolutionize agricultural science and develop climate-resilient crops.
Miley Cyrus tells Harper's Bazaar magazine that she believes beauty is an individual's choice and expression. "I don't like when people tell me what to do, and I think that's why makeup is so important. It's not about covering up who you are, it's about becoming who you want to be - even if it's just for one night."
Taylor Swift tells Time magazine that it's important to learn from your mistakes."We're not going to get to a place where everyone is completely and totally equal and nothing bad has ever happened until we look back and learn. And I think that's something that as a society, we haven't done well. I do that with myself, too. I apply that microscope to my own life and work, and I try to learn from my mistakes so that I don't make the same ones over and over again."
Billie Eilish tells LAMag.com that family has played an essential role in her life and career. "It's all about the dynamic of my family, dude. We're just a weird little unit. I don't know, we've been through a lot together, and it's not like we're gonna abandon each other right when stuff starts to go well. They're my family. It's not even like a loyalty thing; it's more like, it makes me happy. And I believe in keeping what makes you happy.
Dua Lipa tells Rolling Stone magazine that she surrounds herself with loved ones to keep herself grounded. "I'm surrounded by people that I love, and I always want to make sure I never lose sight of the reason why I’m here and why I wanted to make music in the first place… It’s always a reminder, you know, remembering my purpose, remembering my drive and my reasons.
Selena Gomez tells TheThings.com that she tries to keep a low profile when in public. "You know, the thing for me is that I don't draw a lot of attention to myself, so most of the time, it's more like people are like 'I think that's her?' And then they kind of ignore it. So I like that I'm able to keep low profile vibes, but I did try to go incognito in Paris, and yeah, it didn't work."
The New York Post says Shia LaBeouf recently converted to Catholicism and plans to become a deacon in the Catholic Church. LaBeouf was confirmed by Bishop Robert Barron in a ceremony in California. Shia must remain celibate if he becomes a deacon and is not married.
Page Six says Taylor Swift predicted her romance with Travis Kelce during a 2009 interview with Glamour magazine. Swift described her ideal man as someone confident with his own voice and ambition. She also discussed the possibility of a long-distance relationship.
Yahoo News says Elvis Presley is being brought back to life with AI for an immersive show. Elvis Evolution will feature holographic projections of the star created from his personal photos and home-videos. Set to open in London in November, the show will also travel to Las Vegas, Berlin, and Tokyo.
The National Enquirer says Brad Pitt's girlfriend, Ines de Ramon, is willing to sign a prenuptial agreement because she understands the financial struggles he faced from his divorce with Angelina Jolie. A source says, "Ines wasn't there from the beginning, but she's seen the toll the divorce has taken on him and has been very supportive. Pitt doesn't foresee any problems with Ines. However, his business team wouldn't let him tie the knot again without taking some precautions. And after going through a divorce herself from her ex-husband Paul Wesley. de Ramon totally understands the legal technicalities and that he's want to play it safe. She doesn't mind — Brad's worth it. They can start planning the wedding once the prenup is out of the way. They are deliriously happy and in love and can't wait to spend the rest of their lives together."
The Daily Express says Meghan Markle's mother, Doria Ragland, has moved into the guesthouse on Meghan and Prince Harry's California property. A source says, “2023 was a tough year for both Harry and Meghan and Doria has been there for them. Doria looks fighting fit but she’s nearly 70 and gets tired of the car rides from her home to see her daughter and grandchildren. It takes nearly three hours to drive one way, so it made sense for her to move into the guesthouse. She now spends more time there than in her own house."
The Daily Mail says the British Film Institute has issued a trigger warning for James Bond films. The BFI warns that the language and themes in the 1960s Bond movies may be offensive because Bond forces himself on women. Some online have mocked the trigger warnings as absurd, while others argue that the films were always misogynistic.
Charles Barkley tells the Steam Room Podcast that he dislikes dating apps. “First of all, these dating apps—none of these people look like they’re supposed to look. You can’t show a picture when you were hot in high school or college. The picture has to be within a three-month window. Don’t put a picture when you used to be hot and you’re not anymore. Nobody saw a hot chick and say, ‘Hey, what about the dog?’ Nobody ever said, ‘Look at that ugly girl with the cute dog in the picture. Let me click her.’”
The Daily Mail says Sofia Vergara has cooled off her romance with Justin Saliman. Sofia isn't ready to settle down and wants to enjoy being single. An insider says, “They might have a couple of dates again and dinners, but they aren't an official couple anymore – much to Justin's chagrin. It started off being something awesome and sexy but was more of a rebound for Sofia as Justin wanted a little more. They are still talking and Justin is looking to get it back but any sort of future between the two is more unknown when it comes to Sofia. She doesn't want to settle down again right now with anyone.”
Margot Robbie tells Variety magazine that she has no plans to do a sequel to the Barbie movie. "It's funny, that knee-jerk reaction in this day and age for everyone to immediately ask about a sequel. I don’t think it was like that 20 years ago. This wasn’t designed to be a trilogy. Everything went into Barbie – and that’s how Greta works. She finishes every movie on empty, feeling like she could never make another movie because she put everything she had into that one. So I don't know what it would take to fill that cup up again for her. Or for us.”
Page Six says Travis Kelce and Taylor Swift's families are thrilled about their relationship. A source says, "Everyone on Travis' side loves Taylor and vice versa. Their loved ones have never seen either of them so happy and believe it will continue. They love being together no matter what they’re doing and appreciate the little things in life. They try to lead as normal lives as possible as a couple and are enjoying the upswing and growth in their relationship. They believe that timing is everything and that this is their time.’’
MOST CHALLENGING AREAS OF LIFE PEOPLE WANT TO IMPROVE ON IN 2024… According to a new survey by Godshall’s
Personal hobbies and interests - 49%
Fitness - 43%
Diet - 34%
Family and friendships - 27%
Romantic relationship - 22%
Career - 9%
A new survey by SWNS reveals that the average adult only has three true friends and struggles to make new ones. Other findings:
- 25% of adults haven't formed a new friendship since the age of 24
- the average person typically stops making new friends at 37
- 22% of adults admit to having no idea how to make new friends
Top 10 Financial Disruptors That Stress Out People … According to a new article by The Messenger
1. Unexpected bill or expense
2. Medical emergency
3. Increase in cost of necessities
4. Increase in loan payments
5. Job loss
6. Balancing financial wellness and other priorities
7. Spending time with friends
8. Spending time with family
9. Mental well-being
10. Day job
Most Common New Year’s Resolutions ... According to a new article by Forbes
Improved fitness (48%)
Improved finances (38%)
Improved mental health (36%)
Lose weight (34%)
Improved diet (32%)
Toilet Zoom Call Survey
A new survey by YouGov reveals that 12% of people have participated in virtual meetings for work while on the toilet. Other findings:
- workers, ages 18 to 29, are the biggest offenders when it comes to going to the bathroom while on a Zoom call
- men (11%) and women (12%) are equally guilty of going to the bathroom while on a Zoom call
- 83% of workers consider going to the bathroom during a virtual meeting to be unacceptable
My new boyfriend wants me to change my nickname because my ex gave it to me. I've had the nickname for years. Everyone calls me it and it's even on my license plate. My boyfriend says keeping the name is disrespectful and holds us back. Should I have to give up my nickname?